Skincare habits to improve acne-prone skin

Acne has, for a lot of people, become a part and parcel of growing up. Definitely not a fun thing to deal with as having acne tends to affect a lot of youngsters’ confidence and sense of self-worth. Whether you’re treating your acne or not, anybody with acne-prone skin can follow some simple rules to maintain their skin health. 

Dr Ram Malkani, consultant dermatologist at Jaslok Hospital, discussed some healthy habits one should follow to help deal with acne.  

“Firstly, it’s important to understand the cause of acne. Acne occurs due to the blockage of the duct of the sebaceous glands. The oil glands become active because of the male hormone, testosterone, which is secreted at puberty — when a boy becomes a man and a girl becomes a woman.” he explained.

According to him, there are various ways you can help your skin not break out. “Washing your face twice a day is a must. Use a mild face wash. Make sure to try to maintain your weight, and check for thyroid in girls,” he said. 

Talking about the myths that surround this topic, he urged people to not fall prey to them. He mentioned, “Dandruff falling on the face does not always cause acne, neither are chocolates always responsible for acne. Everything (such as chocolates) should be had and enjoyed in moderation.” 

He also spoke about the importance of gut health. “Ensure you are not constipated. Have papaya, banana, and leafy vegetables,” he stated. 

There are various other dos and don’ts to keep in mind if you have acne-prone skin. 

On Instagram, Dr Suyomi Shah, also called Dr Su, a certified dermatologist and trichologist, shared a list of habits that anyone with acne-prone skin should follow. 

Check out her post here:

These are the points she mentioned:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser daily in the morning and the evening to remove dirt. 
  • Use your fingertips to apply skincare products and avoid using any devices or harsh materials. 
  • Use gentle skincare products which do not lead to irritation.
  • Have a de-stress routine daily. Start thinking more about your well-being, start living a stress-free life and relax.
  • Avoid scrubbing. Scrubbing your skin can make acne worse.
  • Have a healthy balanced diet.
  • Shampoo regularly according to your hair type.
  • Change your sheets at least weekly. If there’s dirt and oil on your sheets, it will rub off on your skin while you sleep.
  • Rinse your face and body with warm water, and avoid hot showers.
  • Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.

According to Harvard Medical School, using sunscreen is also a good idea to deal with specifically dark skin zits. “The sunscreen can prevent further darkening.” they state.

With these simple and easy to follow pointers, one can be mindful and caring towards their acne-prone skin.

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